All is safely gathered in

The naming of cerium helped establish a trend that started in the late 18th century of naming elements after a recently discovered planet. Uranium was first, discovered and named in 1789 by Martin Klaproth just a few years after William Herschel discovered Uranus. And then in quick succession at the start of the 19th centuryContinue reading “All is safely gathered in”

Berkelium, Californium

Today two elements with names derived from places. In fact they are named after the same place. The University of California, Berkeley has been the home of many element discoveries (see Lawrencium and Seaborgium) including berkelium in 1949 and californium in 1950. I have represented berkelium with the most recognisable building at UC Berkeley: theContinue reading “Berkelium, Californium”

Mendelevium – the Periodic Table 152 years on

Despite having made a start on the f-block, I’m still pondering Group 3 and where to place scandium and yttrium. I like the suggestion Kit Chapman made to me, that I somehow represent the dilemma in my table. While I do want to settle on one way or the other for the table as aContinue reading “Mendelevium – the Periodic Table 152 years on”

The Group 3 question

I have almost completed the d-block and it’s come together nicely. The patterns take their inspiration from a wide time-span: from alchemy and classical mythology through to modern technology and applications. Many are pictorial; others are closer to the geometric patterns of traditional blackwork embroidery. As is befitting the transition elements, there are several referencesContinue reading “The Group 3 question”